:: The Mystery Theater :: Part I – Construction
The new Bus Station (as opposed to the old one, that still exists) was completed in 1993, covering 2,480,000 square feet, and a total area of 10.8 acres. Initially it had six floors, and a seventh one was built ten years ago, causing the lower two levels to close (changing its original purpose, and becoming an atomic shelter suitable for 16,000 people).
The station was supposed to be one of the largest malls in Tel-Aviv, with thousands of stores, but today there are only around 600 stores, and all the rest are closed.
The station has also been criticized for its complicated design which makes it hard to get around, and for being built in a neighborhood that didn’t fit its character.
The nearest Train Station is a couple of hundred meters away, but there wasn’t any connection made between them.